More and more reports point out to the fact that Oakland Raiders want Dennis Allen to join the team as head coach. Allen should take Hue Jackson’s place who was fired after being 8-8 in his only season.
The rumor started with Fox Sports and ESPN, both sources saying that although the Oakland Raiders have agreed to hire Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their head coach, the final details are still being worked out. So far, management of the Oakland Raiders hasn’t come forward with any comments whether the rumors were real or not.
According to the online edition of Fox Sports, former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen seems to have reached an agreement to take over the position of head coach with the Oakland Raiders in the 2012 season. Apparently, Dennis Allen has informed the Broncos management on Tuesday.
LAtimes.com reports that Dennis Allen had his second interview with new General Manager Reggie McKenzie of the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
If the rumors are true, then Dennis Allen will become the first Oakland Raiders coach since John Madden to bring a more defensive strategy into their game. John Madden was hired by late owner Al Davis before the 1969 season, and within 10 seasons, Madden won 103 games and Oakland’s first Super Bowl.
On top of that, if Oakland Raiders do take Dennis Allen to be their head couch, he will become the youngest head coach in the NFL, at 39 years and 124 days old. At the Denver Broncos, Dennis Allen has just completed his first season as a coordinator.
Sportingnews.com writes that “in Denver, Allen inherited a defense that allowed a league-worst 29.4 points and 390.8 yards per game in 2010”. With Allen running the team. Denver improved to 20th in yards allowed (357.8 per game) and 24th in points (24.4 points per game.
General Manager Reggie McKenzie began searching for a new head coach immediately after taking over. He is the one who decided to send Hue Jackson home, two weeks after getting the job. McKenzie’s search for a new head coach included job interviews with Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles, New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. as well as Green Bay assistants Winston Moss and Dom Capers.